Carroll Digest


Manchester drivers can rest easy about intersection camera

The mayor of Manchester wants residents to know that he is not trying to catch them running red lights at York and Main streets near Town Hall.

Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario said he has received almost a dozen calls and e-mail messages and was stopped in a store this week after cameras were installed on the traffic signal by the State Highway Administration.

"I noticed it Monday," he said. "Now everybody in town thinks I'm after them with red-light cameras."

But this is new technology to regulate traffic - not a trap, D'Amario said. The town is working on a Main Street revitalization project that involved tearing up part of York Street, including buried trip wires that started the signal's cycle when a vehicle approached the intersection from York or Westminster streets.

"There were traffic jams because they took up the wire, so it didn't signal properly," D'Amario said.

The new cameras automatically start the cycle when a vehicle approaches. D'Amario said the cameras that photograph vehicles running red lights are usually at the side of an intersection.

"It's kind of humorous," D'Amario said. "They're all upset. But after I explain it, they understand."

County awarded grant for food, shelter programs

Carroll County has received a $23,123 federal grant to support local emergency food and shelter agencies.

Carroll's emergency management board, which is made up of members from the Circle of Caring/Homeless Board, will distribute the grant to several of the county's service agencies that operate emergency food and shelter programs.

Previous recipients in Carroll have included Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, and Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland.

The application deadline is Wednesday. Public or private agencies can contact board chairwoman Janet L. Boyd at the Carroll County Department of Citizen Services, 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 101, Westminster, or call 410-386-3600.

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